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Adonis Pouroulis - Non-Executive Chairman


About Adonis

Mr. Pouroulis is an entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery, exploration and development of mineral resources including diamonds, precious / base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production. Having worked in the natural resources sector for over 18 years he has extensive experience in the exploration and mining sector, and a wide network of industry relationships across the African continent.

Mr. Pouroulis qualified as a mining engineer from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1991 and subsequently spent some time working in the South African gold mines before heading to the Former Soviet Union where he established the Koronia metal trading company in Moscow. In 1994, having returned to South Africa, Mr. Pouroulis founded Blue Diamond Mines that developed a diamond mining operation in Port Nolloth and brought it into full production. Seeing an opportunity to create a larger, international diamond company focused in Africa, he founded Petra Diamonds and in 1997 it became the first diamond company to be listed on London’s AIM market with a market capitalisation at the time of just £10 million. He has since overseen Petra’s development from an exploration base into one of the largest independent diamond producers in Africa today with a market capitalisation of over £1billion. Petra stepped up from AIM to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2011 and entered the FTSE 250 Index in March 2012.

He has been influential in the founding, development and listing of a number of other natural resources companies including Chariot Oil & Gas that floated on AIM in May 2008 (having raised US$90 million and subsequently raised a further $140m to further the exploration programme), Chromex Mining, Mukuba Resources and most recently Rainbow Rare Earths that listed on the London Stock Exchange in January 2017.

Mr. Pouroulis is the founder of Pella Resources Limited, an African focused natural resource and energy group with a strong track record in exploration and mine development across the continent. Pella Resources generate early stage private companies with the aim to develop them into individual private / public companies. Examples of companies that form part of the Pella Resources Group are Toro Gold, Alufer Mining and Piran Resources.


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